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The disingenuous nature of ’empowerment’ in edtech

Technology is often presented as a means of empowerment within education, but we are in danger of actively holding pupils back by ignoring the inherent class bias of this narrative. I recently attended Bett, a large educational technology expo held annually at the ExCeL London. There were many impressive products available to preview, from a …

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Developing creative writing in schools

Today marks the publication of findings from our three-year long evaluation of Arts Council England’s ‘Creative Writing in Schools’ (CWiS) programme. What did we evaluate? In 2015, Arts Council England committed £1.2m to fund CWiS, which: Was a three-year long programme delivered by First Story and Paper Nations; Involved 3,000 pupils aged 8- to 14-years-old (around …

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The DfE’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy: The good the bad and the ugly…

Today’s recruitment and retention strategy from the DfE is a welcome step in tackling a challenge that has cast a long shadow over the sector. It is premised on a suprisingly humble admission that there needs to be “an adjustment of focus, recognising that greater attention must be given to ensuring that teaching is a …

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Teachers are Humans: What does that mean for school leaders trying to recruit and retain them? 

The DfE is due to announce its recruitment and retention strategy soon, but there’s no reason why schools should wait for policy makers to maximise their chances of recruiting the teachers they need. This is the third in a series of blogs exploring actions teachers and leaders can take to help weather the recruitment and …

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